1. Choose the Height
Consider bar stool type that you want to place in your dining area. It depends on your style and concept. At 61 to 66 cm high, counter stools work best on tables 91.5 cm off the ground. This is the standard height of kitchen counter and island. Standard of a bar table is around 106 cm high, so bar stools with a height of 76 cm are the best for your home bar. (It’s actually the same size bar stool in bar or restaurants).
2. Choose Style
- Backless Bar Stool
- Bar Stool with Arm
- Upholstered Bar Stool
- Swivel Bar Stool
Backless Bar Stool
Backless bar stools are perfect if you want to save space and prefer to hide the stool under your table. Keep in mind, backless bar stools may not always be the most comfortable option, and can keep your guests from sitting for too long.
Bar Stool with Arm
Bar stools with arms are a great option if you sit in them often. Just a reminder to choose a bar stool with arms that can slide under your island.
Upholstered Bar Stool
An upholstered style not only are they more comfortable than non-cushioned styles, they’ll add an air of formality to your counter-top dining.
Swivel Bar Stool
Choosing one with a swivel function prevents you or your guests from struggling to scoot back and forth from your counter. Though the swivel function is convenient, it may not be suitable for households with lots of young children.
As well as surface height, it’s important to know the length of your home bar or table before purchasing a bar stool. This measurement determines the number of stools you will need.
There should be about 66– 76 cm between the center of one stool to the center of the stool sitting next to it. This ensures ample space for dining and drinking without elbowing your neighbor.
4. Choose Frame Material
Metal Bar Stool
Metal bar stools usually have a sleek silhouette, making them perfect for small spaces and those with an industrial or modern style. Metal frames are also varied with leather covers that can be customized for different room styles.
Wood Bar Stool
Wood bar stools are a solid choice and match almost any stylish aesthetic. For added comfort, choose a wooden bar stool with an upholstered cushion or leather.